From March 22-31, 2015 Craig Dahlgren led a team of Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) ecological researchers aboard the Coral Reef II operated by the Shedd Aquarium along the east coast of Andros. The areas being studied included the Andros Barrier reef and sites within the North and South Marine Park. The team of researchers included persons from The Nature Conservancy, BREEF, The Bahamas National Trust, Shedd Aquarium, consultant Sandra Voegeli and the team lead, Dr. Craig Dahlgren. Documented were various types of corals, fish, algae and benthic habitats. The team viewed various species of juvenile and adult Groupers, Snappers, Parrotfish and other types of finfish. Also identified were different kinds of corals including brain, star and mustard hill corals which were still in fairly good condition. The team expects to do a follow up assessment between August and the end of September 2015 to shallower areas along the east coast of Andros that were not able to be fully accessed during the March research trip.
Stay tuned for updates and results of this work!